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Memorable Manitobans: Grace Darling Cormode Watson (1910-2005)


Born at Winnipeg on 28 November 1910, the only daughter of Arctic Ice Company foreman William Edward Cormode (c1882-1946) and Georgina Campbell (c1879-1959), she was raised in Norwood. After completing Normal School training, she taught first in the Swan River area, then around Cypress River, at Oliver School, before returning to the Winnipeg area. On 9 December 1939, she married John Watson (?-1974, eldest son of W. W. Watson) in Norwood at her parents’ 68 Lloyd Avenue residence. The couple had three daughters and resided off Sunset Boulevard in the Rural Municipality of St. Vital. After raising their family, she resumed teaching, going on to Principal of Woodlawn School (1968-1969) and Dakota Elementary School / Victor Mager School (1968-1973), after which she retired. Following the death of her first husband, she married Bill Whyte, who also predeceased her. A golfer, she enjoyed tutoring and wintering in Texas. She died in Winnipeg on 12 February 2005.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Honors at shower for Grace Cormode,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 December 1939, page 11.

“Grace Darling Cormode weds John Watson in evening ceremony,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 December 1939, page 9.

Birth notice [Watson], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1941, page 8.

“W. E. Cormode dies at age of 64,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1946, page 17.

Death notice [Georgina Cormode], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1959, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 2005, page 31.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 January 2017

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